The Rooney Rule to England?

by Nigel Assam

In the wake of what black soccer players in England perceive as a slap on the hand in its verdict against Cheslea’s John Terry for the charge of racism against Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand, the Professional Footballers’ Association is considering introducing the NFL’s Rooney Rule in England, especially to introduce more black managers into the game. Last weekend, many players refued to wear Kick It Out t-shirts while warming up prior to matches.

However, there have been mixed responses from managers. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said it would be a kind of racism. Wigan Athletic’s boss Roberto Martinez has questioned and said it is not needed, while Liverpool’s boss Brendan Rodgers, agreeing that managers should be picked for their competence, does welcome it if might open doors for minority candidates.

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